CHICAGO (WLS) -- With more than a million people unemployed in Illinois, here's a job you can do to be a real asset to your community and you don't need any prior experience. It's COVID-19 contact tracing, and by making a few calls, you could save lives and get paid.
The city of Chicago is expected to hire 600 contact tracers and is willing to pay them at least $20 an hour. Governor Pritzker also wants nearly 4,000 contact tracers for the state of Illinois.
So what do they do?
Contact tracers are like detectives. They talk to a people infected with COVID-19 about where they've been (at work, the store, out in public) and who they may have come into contact with to try and get as many people exposed to the coronavirus to isolate and stop the spread.
"I'm like CSI contact tracing, fantastic," said nursing student Rhett Buckley.
According to the article, contact tracing teams in the state will be vital to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"Knowing that you can help people, I think it's just neat," Cabai said.
The first course at Oakton Community College is full, but they're looking to start another. You can find more information here.
College of DuPage has a course with openings that starts in July.
The first training program will run from June 29 to July 24, and the second session will run from July 27 to August 21. Scholarships and other tuition assistance may be available. To learn more and to register, visit College of DuPage website. For further questions, call (630) 942-2208 or email CE@cod.edu.
To indicate your interest in becoming a contract tracer with the state, you can fill out this form: IDPH Contact Tracing Interest Form.